First off, congrats on what sounds like great news coming out of the whole ownership fiasco. New Orleans is one of the best places on the planet, and y’all losing a team would’ve been a travesty. Ok…so I come in peace…that established?
Obviously, from my link, you can see what I’m all about. I’m a Charlotte native, and the Hornets tipped off when I was 7. Which pretty much made Kurt Rambis and Kelly Tripuka superheroes in my book. A whole heck of a lot of this city still feels this way, and we’d do just about anything to get our name/colors back.
I’ve been reading in various places that y’all are about as eager to shed yourselves of the stench of Shinn as we are to eliminate the residual B** Johnson filth that permeates every nook and cranny of our franchise. So I figured…why not come straight to the source? I've provided the link for the Facebook page I’ve set up supporting Charlotte reclaiming our original, regionally-significant and beloved name, and New Orleans rebranding under the banner of one of y’alls’ myriad unique cultural traditions. I friggin’ LOVE the Krewe thing…it actually seems like something that would attract people to y’alls’ brand on a national level…
…we pretty much just have the Hornets…
The Facebook page has exploded over the past week, as has the petition I've set up (links below). Our ranks include several enthusiastic New Orleans fans/residents. We'd really love to see the rest of y'all join our ranks!
We kind of hit the 'big time' this week, too...Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer interviewed me for yesterday's paper. He's behind us in theory, but has reservations about how much of a difference the rebranding would make in the long run. I've included the link to his story, as well, and as you can see in the comments below his article, the Charlotte fanbase is overwhelmingly against his opinion.
This isn’t some kind of ‘goodwill gesture’ I’m asking for…no charity here. I feel like it’d be mutually beneficial for both cities. As far as I can tell, the whole ‘Hornet’ thing means about as much to y’all as the Knickerbockers would to us. So why not work something out in which both cities can rebrand (or in our case, re-rebrand) and connect with a couple of fanbases who, lets face it…don’t currently have much else to cheer about.
New ownership, fresh start…think about it.
Thanks for your time, and again…congratulations on the good news!!!
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